Could this be the Arsenal team Emery picks against Watford?

Arsenal travel to Watford on Sunday in a game they really do need to win but as usual, a lot will depend on what sort of team Unai Emery puts out.

I would like him to go with a very attack-minded team and I get the feeling he may just do that. This is the sort of team I fancy he will go with against the Hornets.

Leno
Maitland-Niles
Sokratis
Luiz
Kolasinac
Gunedouzi
Willock
Ceballos
Pepe
Lacazette
Aubameyang

So, I see Willock coming in for Xhaka and Ceballos coming in for Torreira and that would be as close to the maximum in terms of attacking that Emery can get to.

Torreira and Xhaka are doubts but if one of them is passed fit then Emery may well bring one of them in instead of Ceballos or Willock, we will know a lot more within the next 24 hours.

It is also not certain that Emery will go with Pepe, Lacazette and Aubameyang from the start but I would be a little surprised if he does not.

That said, the team I have listed is attack-minded and would take the game to Watford which is something I am hoping Emery will adopt more often this season, it would leave the defence slightly vulnerable to the counter-attack but in all honesty, the defence is vulnerable regardless of the tactics Emery deploys.

The crucial part for me, is whether Ceballos plays, if he does not then I would be worried about the link-up from the midfield to the front three.

Anyway, let me know in the comments what you think to this team. Is it one that fully utilises all the best attributes of Arsenal?

Updated: September 13, 2019 — 1:30 pm

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  1. Lacazete not available.. Bad news for arsenal. The coach needs to get his selection well or else…

    1. Oh that really is a bummer.. Come on Pepe, step up and find the back of the net, please!!

    2. Big blow for us! And they are saying he is back in October, but not when in October. Knowing our luck, probably late in the month! Good thing we got Auba, but a shame that we can’t really get PAL going…

  2. I believe it will do us a lots of good to adopt selection against watford Dani should always be behind the Strakers not at the wings.we must beat Watford on Sunday . Emery not really good in selection of the team, to me he is not the best manager for Arsenal team and we need Ozil back to the starting line how can the manager continue benching Ozil the manager need to explained his hatred against Ozil. For me I don’t believe in this manager . Period.

  3. Laca out (injury), Auba up front and Nelson on the left. Good game for him to make an impression as we should have enough quality in the side to finish them off. Better than a change of tactic as the lads need some consistency both with tactics and line-up.

  4. I quite like your team AdMart but am a little torn as I’d like to see both Ozïl and Torriera in the team. Having said that, Ceballos is a must start for me and I want Guendouzi to play with the front three you have selected. Perhaps we can have thirteen players in our team?
    Not sure the Ref would allow that though😜

    1. Sorry wrote this without knowing a Laca is out .

  5. Saddest news ever. Lacazette out till October, I weep.
    Who steps up to the left wing.. Nelson?

    We are a goal short with Lacazette out. Pepe needs to sharpen his shooting boots please.

    Aubameyang

    Nelson Ceballos Pepe

    Guendouzi Xhaka

    Kolasinac Luiz Sokratis A. M-Niles

    Leno.

    Emery predicted 11

    1. Some still put Xhaka and Torrera in their line up despite that they are injured. Willock and Ceballos should return to partner Geudozzi in the midfield. While Nelson will replace Lacazette though I would have preferred Saka or Martinelli.

  6. Give the new lad Martinella a chance!

  7. Larca out for a few weeks.☹️

    1. It sucks big time that Lacazette is out for several weeks

      But Aubameyang is at his best up front

      ……….Leno
      Niles..Luiz..Chambers..Kolsanic
      Torreira….Ceballos/Guendouzi
      Pepe..Ozil/Ceballos..Nelson
      …….Aubameyang

      1. Quite like your team, but with a few riders:
        Luiz or Sokratis paired with Chambers.
        Ceballos, Torreira/Guendozi as DMs
        Pepe, Ozil, Reiss/Martinelli playing behind Auba, now that Laca is injured

        1. I agree Innit but you know the boss will pick that liability Xhaka.

  8. OT.. on this day.. 22 years ago.. Ian Wright broke our goalscoring record.. what a legend.. i still love that guy

  9. Oh man Nelson is shit. We cannot put our top 4 hopes in his hands! Play Martinelli

    1. Just say it how it is, QD 🤣🤣🤣

      1. 😂😂 no point sugar coating it @Sue! He used to be promising but when Wenger played him as a RWB it was downhill from there. He has never recovered.

        1. You do make me laugh, QD…
          That’s bloody typical though.. could this be the start (this season) of the injuries?? 😩
          I’d like to see more of Martinelli

  10. My favored 11 on Sunday.

    Aubameyang.

    Martinelli Ceballos Pepe.

    Guendouzi Torreira.

    Kolasinac Luiz Sokratis A. M-Niles.

    Leno.

    Subs –
    E. Martinez
    Ozil
    Xhaka
    Nelson
    Willock
    Chambers
    Mustafi

  11. …….. Leno
    AMN Chambers Luiz Kola
    …Guendouzi.Ceballos
    Pepe… Ozil…Martinelli
    Auba

    Personally I’d rather play Holding instead of Chambers but not sure if he’s match fit or not yet (same reason why I haven’t included Torreira) ….. Weeping at loss of Laca….. By far our most influential player and being without him for a month is going to be tough but hopefully not too damaging with our improved back line soon to be fit.

  12. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    I don’t understand “Arsenal travel to Watford this Sunday in a game they really not need to win”. Well, whatever this supposes to mean, Arsenal must not contemplate buying into the idea heading article of they don’t really need to win their PL match away to Watford on Sunday. But take the match as a priority to must win it by all possibilities so as to bounce back into the winning ways again after the consecutive 2 match lose they suffered away to Liverpool and a home draw game they played to Tottenham Hotspur all in the PL before the international break.

    Let me advice Arsenal not to take beating Watford on Sunday for granted. For, the match being a PL match could prove to be difficult for Arsenal as Watford will not like to play a 2nd fiddle to Arsenal in the match. But play very well to either beat Arsenal or share the spoils with them. And should any of these 2 results happen to Arsenal on Sunday, I foresee another outrage being sparked on igniting among the Gooners calling for the sacking of the head coach Emery.

    If this outrage among the Gooners is to be avoided from being sparked on and igniting to burn after the match on Sunday, coach Emery should therefore prepare his 18 man Gunners team fully ready for the task of playing against Watford in all the ramifications of preparing for an away match in the PL to make Arsenal play to their full capacity in the match which should enabled them beat Watford convincingly that of course they have to do unfailingly from the Gooners point of views.

  13. Now that Laca is injured there will be a strong call for Reiss Nelson to play. With Pepa and Auba in front I would rather Ozil gets his chance if fit rather than Nelson. We need someone to unlock Watford and Ozil can do that. My biggest fear is Emery will cave in if Xhaka is fit. If Torreira is fit then Ceballos, Guendouzi, Torreira and Ozil, if he is not fit Willock, Cebs, Guendouzi and Ozil. I don’t think Nelson is suitable to play against a Watford team who will be on him the whole time. So for my 11

    Maitland-Niles
    Sokratis
    Luiz
    Kolasinac
    Gunedouzi
    Torreira
    Ceballos
    Ozil
    Pepe
    Aubameyang

    Not Xhaka….pleeze.

  14. After these match u will realize Emery is a mechanic

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